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FOR WEEK BEGINNING
JANUARY 10, 2012
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FOR WEEK BEGINNING
FOR WEEK BEGINNING
During the twenty days from Januar y 8 the focus will primarily
be on business and health matters. There is also likely to be
st ronger inter action w ith a parent. You will tr uly appr eciate the
value of family during Januar y 11, 12.
The t wenty days f rom Januar y 8 is excellent for tr avelling,
communications, educational and legal matte rs. Money will be
changing hand s and the success r ate is high.
Januar y 8-28 will see the paper flowing where financial matters
are concer ned and you are likely to be right at the centre of the
activity. Febr ua r y 8-10 ar e unusual.
You will have the oppor tunity to discuss many situations w ith
your partner until January 28. Perhaps this is a good time to
discuss the problem ar eas of your relationship.
You will spend much of your time just trying to keep up with your
tasks a nd r esponsibilities dur ing Ja nuar y 8-28. The effor t will be
fina ncially productive, es pecially on Januar y 23, 24.
Between Januar y 8 a nd Januar y 28, the quality of life will
improve for you. Some will simply enjoy their recreational time
mor e whilst othe rs will taste success in business.
A nu mber of problems with your domestic life or proper ty a re
likely to arise during the twenty days from Januar y 8. Other
member s of the family will be of assistance.
You have much to or gan ise in con nection with work in the t wenty
days from January 8. Many will take a long trip or will seek
advice on a n impor tant matter.
Between Januar y 8 and January 28, your daily life offers a
var iety of exper iences with some being better tha n others.
Socially, a good time but you need to be caref ul tr avelling.
Concerns over a child, romance or financial matter will be raised
in the twenty days from Januar y 8. The need to scrutinise details
is emphasised, with greater care on Januar y 13, 14, 24-28.
Until Ja nuar y 28 there will be much financial activity in
connection w ith a par tner ship or business mat ter, generally
proving to be profitable. Trends ar e active on Janu ar y 9, 13, 14,
Many things for which you have hoped are likely to come
to f ruition during January 8-28. This period offers excellent
prospects for happy involvement with friends.
THE BIG SCREEN
Powerful: Meryl Streep is Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
Margaret Thatcher is a person
who generates waves of
admiration and mountains of
bile. This means anyone of a certain
age seeing The Iron Lady will have a
mindset regarding Thatcher, which
could make it difficult to consider the
merits of the movie alone.
For a moment, let’s set aside our
point of view and consider The Iron
Despite expectations that this would
be a straightforward biography re-
counting Thatcher’s rise to power and
controversial approach to governing
the United Kingdom, The Iron Lady
surprises us by starting at the end.
We first encounter Margaret Thatcher
(Meryl Streep) on an excursion to the
local grocery shop to buy a pint of milk.
She is elderly, alone and uncomfort-
able being out on her own in the streets
of the country she reformed in the
We discover the retired Prime Minister
is a diminished person when compared
to the powerhouse who ruled the United
Kingdom. She lives in a lovely home
with her husband Denis (Jim
Broadbent) but we learn there is a slight
issue with the fact that she sees and
speaks to Denis regularly.
Margaret’s diminishing presence in
her twilight years is the framework for
this film. Through various devices, such
as television broadcasts, photographs,
exchanges of dialogue, or clothes
hanging in a closet, the film transports
Margaret and us into other times and
places to revisit Margaret Thatcher’s
triumphs and conflicts, loves and disap-
The film highlights key policies and
significant events during her prime
ministership but it is done as a series of
memory moments. We see the protest
marches, the violent confrontations
between workers and the police, and
clips from the Falklands War. Those
memories are interspersed with private
moments between Margaret and Denis
and her children. The Iron Lady oscil-
lates between her personal and public
There will be viewers who will chal-
lenge the portrayal of Thatcher and the
historical accuracy of the film. That’s
not what this film is about.
Rather than attempting to recreate
an accurate rendition of Margaret
Thatcher’s unyielding political pres-
ence, director Phyllida Lloyd has cho-
sen to depict Thatcher in her political
afterlife and strip away the layers to
reveal Thatcher the person, rather than
Thatcher the politician. It is a study of
decay and the fading public memory
of a prominent person. After a chal-
lenging political career, Margaret is
fighting to avoid ending up doing the
dishes and becoming irrelevant.
Throughout the movie, Lloyd and
Streep elicit deep emotional reactions
from the viewers that would make even
Thatcher’s harshest critic look at her
through rose coloured glasses. Now
that’s an achievement. Thatcher’s ad-
mirers will have their position rein-
Meryl Streep delivers a purposeful
performance of Margaret Thatcher as
both a tenacious leader and an aged
British citizen who enjoys a cup of tea
and a biscuit.
Jim Broadbent is equally resolute as
Denis Thatcher, a successful business-
man, who learns to accept that he
occupies a lower rung in his life with
The Iron Lady contains politics, mo-
ments of deep emotion, and family but
it is none of these things alone.
By the end of the movie, you no
longer consider The Iron Lady to be a
self-congratulatory biography. The dif-
ferent strands of the movie are con-
nected in a simple yet meaningful way.
The movie succeeds.
As to your views of The Iron Lady –
saviour of a nation or cruel and
uncaring – that’s your business.
The Iron Lady, rated M, screens at
Limelight Tuggeranong, Dendy Civic,
Greater Union Manuka and Hoyts Cine-
The Velveteen Rabbit
A boy receives a Velveteen Rabbit for Christmas.
The Velveteen Rabbit is snubbed by other more expensive
or mechanical toys, the latter of which fancy themselves
But one day while talking with the Skin Horse, the Rabbit
learns that a toy becomes real if its owner really and truly
The Skin Horse makes the Velveteen Rabbit aware that
‘‘once you are real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts
The following spring, the boy sees the Rabbit hopping in the
wild and thinks he looks like his old Velveteen Rabbit, but he
never knows that it actually is.
Where: The Courtyard Studio, Canberra Theatre
When: From January 12 to 21
Bookings: Call 6127 52700 or get tickets at the door
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